Dr. Amy-Jill Levine
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine
Dr. Amy-Jill (“AJ”) Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Department of Jewish Studies. Her 30-plus books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; four children’s books (with Sandy Sasso); The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler).

AJ’s most recent books are The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (co-authored with Marc Z. Brettler), Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven; and The Kingdom of Heaven: 40 Devotionals. In 2019 she became the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.

The Bible, Women and Violence  2013

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s presentation laid the foundation for The Guibord Center Initiative on Faith, Women and Violence

“Nothing about this subject is easy. The Bible forces us to confront domestic violence over and over again. It shows us that responding to violence with more violence is not a solution.”

The Bible also shows that violence impacts not just victims and perpetrators but families, states, nations. It demands that we continue to interpret the text with a focus on love of God and love of neighbor. And it makes clear that we are our sister’s and our brother’s keepers – that caring for victims and perpetrators alike is our responsibility.

The Bible helps us ask the right questions.

Read Dr. Lo Sprague’s photo journal for her insights on “The Bible, Women and Violence.”

Gospel Politics 2012

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s Gospel Politics is timeless: as relevant today as when it was presented before the November 2012 elections.

“…think of the Bible less as a book of answers and more as a book that helps us raise the right questions. It forces us to think about issues that were important in the First Century – the same issues: government, health care, family values, the military, capital punishment, and taxes. They were of concern then, and they are of concern today…The Bible opens up those questions.”

“We remember that the ultimate goal of all of this is Love of God and love of neighbors, and when we do this, we remember as well that people of very good will and strong religious faith may have completely different views than us, and we cannot demonize the people on the other side of the table.”

“We may not vote by the same party line; we might not have the same solutions. But we cannot afford to demonize because that means that we have denied the Image of God in the face of our neighbor.”

On Common Ground: Christian and Jewish Understandings of the Middle East – May 2016

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine offers Biblical perspectives on the land of Israel. Learn why Jews who learn Judaism by attending synagogue get a different view of Israel than Christians who attend church.

The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord interviews Dr. Amy-Jill Levine about her presentation of “The Jewish Jesus” in 2011
Read Dr. Lo Sprague’s photo journal for her insights on “Gospel Politics.”